EA files new patent that may end the need to download games before playing them, meaning gamers might never have to see another boot screen again.
EA has filed a patent, available for view on the US patent and trademarks office website, that was approved on February 16 this year. The patent suggests the company will use streaming technology to eliminate the booting wait time for new games. The patent works like so: A new user attempts to boot up a game they have never installed before, this request is received by an online server. The server then instantly streams the game directly to the user’s device. If the server determines that the resources available to the local device are sufficient to allow the user to simultaneously download a local copy of the streamed game, it will then initiate the download. Once this download is complete, the server then seamlessly transfers the control of the game from the streamed version available on the server, directly to the local device. This would allow for users to boot games instantly, without having to download or install them.